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and began building relationships with libya's revolutionairies. he risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevens. i spoke with his sister, ann, this morning, and told her that he will be remembered as a hero by many nations. sean smith was an air force veteran. he spent ten years as an information management officer in the state department. he was posted and was in libya on a brief temporary assignment. he was a husband to his wife, heather, to whom i spoke this morning, and he was a father to two young children, samantha and nathan. they will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country, service that took him to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is both noble and necessary. and we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today many americans are asking indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen? how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from des
to start with what happened in libya and give us your perspective. these assailants were heavily armed. it they seemed to be organized. does it seem to you perhaps to have been timed for 9/11, was it an attack of opportunity? >> i really don't know. but it is unusual in that libya is really the most pro american country in the region. the ambassador was be loved in libya. he had helped save benghazi, the city in which he was murdered. and libya as responded pretty appropriately. the government immediately condemned the attack, you have ordinary libyans apologizing for it. the real failure here has been in egypt where president morsi has been awol. >> what do you make of the president's comments, well, you know, friend or foe, well, neither really. >> i think that what you're seeing is what we knew was going to happen after the arab spring. there was going to be a period where you would have all these new governments with weak mandates, with ever shifting loyalties, with poor security forces and that there would be a period of chaos. we can't know how it would shake out, but we're seein
. then, romney was widely criticized for his comments after the embassy attacks in libya and egypt. and finally, the just-revealed candid camera moments that have ignited a firestorm. well, the obama campaign is already trying to raise money off the romney video, but super pac support could come to romney's rescue. a new analysis by our first read team finds that 44% of all tv and radio ad spending so far have come from super pacs and outside groups. now, the lion's share of that super pac spending, 75% has gone to support mitt romney. let me bring in democratic strategist steve mcmahon and republican strategist john feary. gentlemen, good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> american crossroads just launched a $10 million ad campaign. mitt romney raked in $4 million at a california fund-raiser last night. could money essentially, steve, fix this series of problems for mitt romney? >> well, structurally, the race is close and remains close, and that's the good news for mitt romney. but the bad news for mitt romney is $500 million has been spent so far, and the only thing t
. >> and also, this is much more unrest in libya after the killing of the u.s. ambassador. >> no act of terror will go unpunished, and no act of violence shakes the resolve of the united states of america. >> next week mitt romney and paul ryan will begin to get intelligence briefings, and in a series of interviews their advis advisers laid out what a romney presidency would look like including saying that protests in the middle east would not have happened under mitt romney. let me bring in ann cornblum, senior editor from the washington post, and thanks for coming on. >> thank you for having me. >> he would tell egypt if they want aid they would have to protect american interests and provide more aid to the syrian opposition, and stopped short of arming them directly like the president. what's the campaign strategy here, ann? >> well, they are trying to move away from the conversation of about whether or not he made a mistake or was right to object to president obama and to the statement that came out in the egyptian embassy, and the u.s. embassy in egypt the other night, and to broaden the
throughout his life. as a diplomat, he worked from egypt to syria, from saudi arabia to libya. he was known for walk the streets, tasting the local food, meetsing as many people as he could, speaking arabic, listening with a broad smile. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution. arriving on a cargo ship. as america's representative, he helped the libyan people as they coped with conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which libyans would be respected. and after the revolution, he assumed t supported the birth of a new democracy as libyans held elections and began to move forward after decades ever dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served and he saw dignity in the people he met. two weeks ago he travelled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed in the city he helped to save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story was chris stevens embodied t
in libya. >> there is another issue that is out there this morning and that is the decision to scale back combined operations in afghanistan between coalition and afghan forces. you know, we've had this series of insider attacks. well, we just literally now got a statement from senators mccain, lieberman, and lindsay graham and if i can i'd like to read it and get your reaction. >> sure. >> this is just part of it. we are concerned that the rush to build up the afghan national security forces as quickly as possible, so that u.s. forces could begin withdrawing on the administration's timetable, has contributed to the problem of so-called insider attacks. your response? >> well, first thing, i respect all three of those senators. they have a right to their opinion. at this point i would hope that we would not come out with any comments putting blame anywhere especially when we're trying to deal and calm down this volatile situation with respect to the protests and what happened in libya and egypt and yemen and those parts of the world. there is no question that we have to refocus our effort
that with libya last week. that's the hitch. even if this keeps getting worse for the president, romney has to know how to handle it. and in a way that makes him look like a statesman. >> the other thing out there right now is israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu said over and over again he does not want to get involved in american politics. take a listen. >> i'm not going to be drawn into the american election. what's guiding my statements is not the american political calendar but the iranian nuclear calendar. it's really not a partisan political issue. >> mark s that believable? here 50 days from the election. what is he doing here? >> that's not inconsistent for netanyahu. that's the sort of language we've seen from him for a long time and the sort of very forceful, aggressive behavior tactics and strategy. i do think that given the events of the last week or so that people are a little rattled. so they are looking for leadership. they're looking for somebody to kind of calm the waters, to provide a policy of vision to gives them some sense of balance as we're going through these e
officials calling the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya terrorism and are looking into whether al qaeda's north african affiliate may be responsible. the director of the terrorism task force says it looks like the attack was not planned in advance and the groups used protests over the anti-muslim film as an opportunity to stop. >>> suspected theater shooter james holmes is due in court today in colorado. they're trying to get a critical piece of evidence, a notebook sechbt to a psychiatrist, admitted to trial. prosecutors are suspected to ask for ten more charges as well, adding to the 142 already filed in the shooting that left 12 people dead. >>> chik-fil-a is promising to stop giving money to anti-gay groups after its president sparked a nationwide controversy over same-sex marriage this summer. an advocacy group has agreed to change an official company document to say it will not get involved in political or social debates. >>> how is this for a ride? take a look. 20 people stuck 300 feet in the air at a california amusement park. the wind seeker malfunctioned at 4:00 in the a
over the last week or so by news and comments. and so you had the attacks in libya and egypt. you had the romney response immediately a response regarded as too fast and too political, and now you've had this discussion on the 47%. look, the reason that the public has moved is events, circumstances, news and comments. not tv ads. >> you know, it is interesting. you write about this in your latest article which is titled "in politics expect the unexpected." you talk about the conventions and write this -- while the gop convention played to form there was no bump, no remaking of the contest. the democratic convention produced something significant. why do you think that is? >> well, first of all, i think we should emphasize this was unexpected. most of the analysis going into the convention certainly from me, from chuck todd, who i lod in the highest regard, is that there's already been so much campaigning, so much advertising that scripted three -- three days of scripted events wouldn't move any voters. so the fact that, looking back now i think the democratic convention was significan
ernde, talking about what happened in libya, talking about other things that are going on in those arab spring countries. is it too soon to be running the epitaph for the romney campaign and what can they do in places like frida and ohio? rty,hi it's too soon to be running the epitaph. 40 days left, that's an eternity in politics. with the three debates coming up, one in wednesday and the last one will be held here in the sunshine state. those are always opportunies for both candidates to project a ssage thathe wano p to election day itself. but let's also remember, people are t voting early and a lot of states already across the country. and that's something that should not be lost in this discussion. while these polls are where they are today, and i know they're just a snapshot, people are tively enging in e voting. and so i think that's gnificant and important. but the debates will be important and the fact that there are three of them, plus the vice presidential debate, does give the romney campaign ample opportunity to sort of recalibrthings. bu ase, i would much rather be with the
safety have led the state department to remove for staffers from the u.s. embassy in libya at least temporarily. the embassy has been operating with a limited staff after the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stooerevens and three oth measures. members from both parties want more information. >> the issue goes beyond the day-to-day political infighting and you have members of both parties asking for more details in part because of the gravity of the situation and because there's an evolving eleven the information that's becoming public. john kerry, who heads the senate foreign relations committee, has put together a letter he sent to the state department with some members of the republican party as well asking for more information. now, some of what we are seeing, some of that pressure does have a more partisan edge where you have critics in the republican party who have put letters forward to secretary clinton, to the u.n. ambassador, susan rice specifically talking about what they believe were misstatements by the administration or a lack of bei
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